The Creative Art Of Jerry Cox
Great Art Quotes and notes recorded by Beth Kidwell
Great Art Quotes and notes recorded by Beth Kidwell

 (All design, mass changes are to be made in the undertone before any overtone is applied. Over mixing vibration causes grey mud.) While we wish to secure broken color, we must avoid broken values, for they utterly destroy atmosphere.


Nature deals in broken color everywhere, but she never deals in broken values. The color dances, but the values “stay put”. As to the general tint of color of the undertone….it can never in any two pictures be alike. It will vary infinitely…


There would seem to be only two rules that cannot be broken: first the undertone must be warmer than the overtone, and second it must never be brown, and this for the reason that out of door nature abhors brown, and never uses it.                       Birge Harrison in Landscape Painting


How may we best secure the lost-edge and the other qualities deriving from refraction while maintaining crisp drawing and a free and agreeable brushwork. ….we can hardly do better than studying the two great masters of the art, Corot and Whistler.


 Prepare for the refraction, as they did, by lowering values as you approach the edge, so that the final stroke which draws your limb or your tree may be as fresh and as crisp as possible without being hard; and if you are painting in broken color-that is, using prismatic vibration to secure luminosity-then do all this preparatory work full and carefully in the undertone, so that the final painting may be accomplished with that dash and freedom which, say what you may, will always remain an admirable quality in a picture. Birge Harrison in Landscape Painting


I think one’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes. I see no reason for painting but that. If I have anything to offer, it is my emotional contact with the place where I live and the people I do.   Andrew Wyeth


It is light that gives mystery to shadow, vibration to atmosphere, and makes all the color notes sing together in harmony.
-Theodore Clement Steele


~I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it ~ Vincent Van Gogh


"My goal in work is not to show what I know, but what I feel.ᅠ  The more intensely I can express emotion through paint about the subject, the more likely the viewer will respond.ᅠ  All I can do is make an honest effort and then accept without judgement.ᅠ  To remain neutral about the paintings and to not judge them as good or bad is very important to moving forward.

My best work comes when I'm able to give up control, to trust my impulses.ᅠ  Then the painting takes on a life of it sown.ᅠ  When I don't know what is going to happen next, the process becomes full of surprise and wonder."

Walt Gonske


PS: "Your children are not your children, they are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but are not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you." (Kahlil Gibran)

(This is how I feel about art.)


A bird does not sing because it has an answer.

A bird signs because it has a song.  Chinese proverb


A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Chinese proverb


It is a funny thing about life;

If you refuse to accept anything but the best,

you very often get it.   W. Somerset Maugham


Fari Que Sentias   Do as you damn please - carved into an over door stone, Philadelphia MFA


Art is the refining of the sense of truthfulness.  Willa Cather


The painter who has no doubt about his own ability will attain very little. Leonard da Vinci


My aim is to escape from the medium with which I work.  Andrew Wyeth


The ability to see is the responsibility for having it. Simon Kogan


Not all who wander are lost.   J.R.R. Tolkien


PS: "Of course you will say that I ought to be practical and try to paint the way they want me to paint. Well, I'll tell you a secret. I have tried and I have tried very hard, but I can't do it. I just can't do it! And that is why I'm just a little crazy." (Rembrandt Van Rijn 1606-69)


“It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.”  Claude Monet


The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and ironically, the more real.”
Lucian Freud


“Carry the beginning to the last stroke.” (Kevin Weckbach)


“Original art that is created is like a flower, every Spring new and every time a little different.” (Kevin Weckbach)


"Titian, Rembrandt and Goya were the great painters. I am only a public clown." (Pablo Picasso)


“The difference between looking and seeing is called comparison. Looking without studying relationships is a luxury (an artist) cannot afford.”  (Bill Parks AAA)


“Contour can not only show outside shapes; but also inside ones as when a muscle or a bone comes in front of or goes behind one another.” (Bill Parks AAA)


What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility
and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.
ᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠ  John Ruskin


“Art should be an uncompromising and unending search for truth.” Me and others


"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt." (William Shakespeare)


“No matter what the illusion, it is a flat canvas and it has to be organized into shape.”  David Hockney


“Good composition is like a suspension bridge, each line adds strength and takes none away…making lines run into each other is not composition, there must be motive for the connection. That is composition.” Robert Henri


“Even in front of nature one must compose.” Edgar Degas


“If I did what has already been done, I would be a plagiarist and would consider myself unworthy; so I do something different and people call me a scoundrel. I’d rather be a scoundrel than a plagiarist.” Paul Gauguin


“It is better to be nothing than a follower of other painters. The wise man has said when one follows another one is always behind.”

Jean Baptiste Camille Corot


“Creation is the artist’s true function; where there is no creation there is no art.” Henri Matisse


“You must create your own world. I am responsible for my world.”

Louise Nevelson


“An idea is the beginning point and no more…Nothing else matters; creation is all. Have you ever seen a finished picture? A picture or anything else?

Woe to you the day it is said that you are finished! To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul - to give it its final blow; the most unfortunate one for the painter as well as for the picture.” Picasso


“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse


“At last I could work with complete independence without concerning myself with the eventual judgment of a jury…..I began to live.” After Cassatt had a painting rejected from the Salon.


“When we are no longer children we are already dead.” Constantine Brancus


ᅠ  I do not seek to follow the sages of old

ᅠᅠ  I seek what they sought.                        Matsuo Basho 1644-1694


“I don’t paint things. I paint the difference between things.”   Henri Matisse


“Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critics.” The Demon’s Dictionary  by Ambrose Bieree


"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance, and this, and not the external manner and detail, is true reality." Aristotle


"I am now quite cured of society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself."  Emily Bronte


"How difficult it is to be simple." Vincent van Gogh


"Brevity is the sister of talent." Anton Chekhov


“The artist should always be the student.”  Edgar Payne


“Art is evidence of our most creative moment.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson


“If not now, when?” water color artist George Post inspired LaLumia to take the leap.


“Painting is really the artist teaching himself to see.” Frank LaLumia


We are just painting light. There is no color without light. Many


“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


Canned reference is practically always loaded with problems. Photos, for example, contrive to kill imagination and stifle the natural development of creative patterns. While "ready-mades" do show up from time to time, they are rare. Art need not be what is seen--but what is to be seen. "Nature," said James McNeill Whistler, "is usually wrong."  From Robert Genn notes


What you have to do is break all the rules." (Andrew Wyeth)


“I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument,

While the song I came to sing remains  unsung.” Rabindranath Tagore


“All art is a gift. It is first of all a gift that the maker can do it. It is then a gift to someone else, whether they pay for it or not. The wonder of it is that we cannot get the production of these gifts stopped. Art is life seeking itself. It is our intractable expressions of love for the beauties, ideas and epiphanies we regularly find. I framed the painting. It's now hanging in our den. "I have walked this earth for 30 years, and, out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir." (Vincent van Gogh)


The observation of nature is part of an artist's life, it enlarges his form and knowledge, keeps him fresh and from working only by formula, and feeds inspiration. (Henry Moore)


There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language. (Sir William Osler)


Don't observe yourself too closely. Don't be too quick to draw conclusions from what happens to you; simply let it happen. (Rainer Maria Rilke)


The morning wind forever blows, the poem of creation is uninterrupted; but few are the ears to hear it. (Henry David Thoreau)


Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.  Camille Pissarro


“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Michelangelo


“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir


“The right way to go easy is to forget the right way…” Chuang Tzu 4th Century philosopher


“The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped the words are forgotten. Where can I find a man who has forgotten the words? He is the one I would like to talk to. Chuang Tzu 4th C. philosopher.”


“He who pursues fame at the risk of losing himself is not a scholar.” Chuang Tzu 4th C.  philosopher



“Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life.” Pablo Picasso


“God, I’ve frozen my ass off painting snow scenes.” Andrew Wyeth


“There is only one true thing: Instantly painting what you see.” Edouard Manet


“Painting outdoors is a distillation of time, a capturing of the essence of existence during a specific period in the artist’s experience.” Charles Meunch


“Nature is the indisputable creator and to learn from that master is aesthetically supreme.” E. Kidwell


“There comes a point in painting outdoors where you have to ignore what is in front of you and do what your design requires. E. Kidwell


“Things should be done for your soul and not for sale.”  E. Kidwell


“As difficult as it is to paint outdoors, there is no where else I’d rather work…all the answers stand right before you. You may need to move some things around, but it is still all right there in front of you. A bit like taking an open book test.” William F. Reese


When plein air painting, “I am compelled to abstract the forms and organize the value and color patterns which push me to clarify what I am trying to say in each painting.” Ann Templeton


Plein Aire; Unpredictable, unplanned, difficult to be contemplative, about the sacredness of life and all things, being at one with everything, thrill to be alive, capturing some thing until the light fails, reveals more about the artist than studio work,


“I prefer every time a picture composed and painted outdoors. The thing is done without your knowing it.”

Winslow Homer


“Plein air paintings are like life, and without them my work would die. Without it I would have nothing to see in the studio, because without real life experience, art is impossible.” Scott Burdick


“Working outdoors or from life puts you in direct contact with the life force, not just the light and the landscape, but also the vitality of the world around you.” George Carlson


“All pictures painted inside the studio will never be as good as those painted outside.” Paul Cezanne


“It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.” Hermann Hesse

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